Avintia's Hector Barbera will aim to strengthen his position as leader of the MotoGP Open class after being handed a chassis upgrade for this weekend's Le Mans round.

The new chassis is of GP14.1 spec, as used by Factory class Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci. Barbera had been using the original GP14 Desmosedici, getting his first chance on the 14.1 chassis at the recent Jerez test.

Barbera begins the French round having been the top Open rider at three of the four events, including a twelfth place at Austin, to hold a four-point advantage over Jack Miller (Honda).

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"We go with high motivation and very confident after the test in Jerez where we found a good set up with the new chassis that would help us to improve," Barbera said. "The season is going well so far, but is always important to keep pushing."

Team-mate Mike di Meglio looks set to remain on the GP14 for now, with which he will be aiming to score his first points of the season in front of his home fans on Sunday.

"I have very good memories from Le Mans and I love this track, the best memory is the victory under the rain in 2008 in my way to win the [125cc] world title. But last year in MotoGP I enjoyed riding the bike although the result was not so good," he said.

"As usual we'll have to be aware of the weather, because in Le Mans can rain at any time. It will be very exciting to race in front of the French crowd and I'm really looking forward to get my first championship points, because we have been close many times, but we need to make the last step."